From Harford County government:
The week of March 13th through the 19th is National Ag Week, and Harford County farmers are again marking the occasion by visiting classrooms to educate students about agriculture.
This year, members of Harford County’s agricultural community will be visiting a total of 17 schools and speaking to almost 5,000 students. The visits are coordinated by the Harford County Farm Bureau, in cooperation with the County Executive Office’s Division of Agriculture and Harford County Public Schools.
“We take pride in the fact that agriculture is one of the major sectors in our local economy,” remarked County Executive David R. Craig. “But perhaps just as important, we recognize agriculture as an indelible part of our culture and our history. It is very important that our elementary school students learn about farming because agriculture defines what it is to be a Harford Countian.”
“It is also critical that our children make the connection between the food that they eat, and our neighbors who produce it. Being able to put a friendly face and a story with the food on their plates will hopefully stir an interest in fresh, healthy, and locally-grown food,” County Executive Craig added.
“We’re happy that we can share our experiences with Harford County Public School students,” stated Jay Rickey, President of the Harford County Farm Bureau. “As both a farmer and an educator myself, I know that it’s something that the students and the farmers look forward to.”
Harford’s recognition of National Ag Week concludes on Friday, March 18 with the annual Harford County Ag Banquet at Level Fire Hall. The county will honor its Land Preservationist of the Year and present its Excellence in Agriculture Award. Additionally, the Harford County Agricultural Marketing Cooperative will announce the farming operations that will be receiving its 2011 producer grants.
For more information about agriculture in Harford County, log on to www.harfordfarms.com.